E-platform to redress sexual harassment at workplace

The secure electronic platform will be for any woman government employee to file a complaint under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013

GN Bureau | October 27, 2016


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E-platform to redress sexual harassment at workplace
Illustration: Ashish Asthana

The ministry of women and child development will set up an inter-ministerial committee headed by a senior official. This committee will review the progress of disposal of complaints of sexual harassment, get a standardized training module, ensure that heads of Internal Complaints Committee of all ministries/departments are given training on how to handle the complaints.

 
The ministry will be establishing a secure electronic platform for any woman employee of the government to file a complaint under the Act directly to the Ministry of women and child development. These complaints will be then taken up with the respective ministries/ departments. This will enable a transparent system of grievance redressal under the Act.
 
Maneka Gandhi, minister for women and child development, on Wednesday expressed concern at the inadequate implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 
 
She said that the complaints of sexual harassment are not being handled in a timely as well as sensitive manner. She also expressed her concern that harassment often continues over a period of time and it is only after it becomes unbearable that a woman comes out to complain. In such situations, it is the duty of Internal Complaints Committee to decide on the complaint in the shortest possible time.
 
It was also decided that all ministries/ departments and attached offices will furnish the annual statistics of complaints received and disposed under the Act in their Annual Reports.
 
Also, the respective cadre controlling authority will keep every complainant under observation for a period of five years so that she is not subjected to any further administrative harassment as a result of her having complained against a male superior.

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